Those who seek to obtain privileged information secretly. In the OT, spies are involved in three complexes of material: the dispatch of twelve spies by Moses to reconnoiter the land of Canaan (Num 13-14; Deut 1:19-46); the sending of two spies to Jericho by Joshua (Josh 2); and the mission of the five spies sent to Laish as part of the Danite migration to the north (Judg 18). The usual form of the spy story includes the selection and dispatch of the spies, their return and report, the announcement that God has given the reconnoitered land to Israel, and the report of the subsequent invasion and conquest.

Num 13-14

Spies Sent into Canaan
1The Lord said to Moses,2“Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites; from each of their ancestral tribe ... View more

Deut 1:19-46

Israel's Refusal to Enter the Land
19Then, just as the Lord our God had ordered us, we set out from Horeb and went through all that great and terrible wildernes ... View more

Josh 2

Spies Sent to Jericho
1Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and en ... View more

Judg 18

The Migration of Dan
1In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in; for u ... View more

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